Electric Charging Stations to Be Installed Throughout Washington State

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Electric Charging Stations to Be Installed Throughout Washington State


SEATTLE -- Consumers concerned about "range anxiety" regarding electric vehicles may have their prayers answered in Washington State, beginning in the spring.

According to a report by News 1130 radio in Vancouver, B.C., Washington State will install at least 100 electric car charging stations near Interstate 5. The electric charging stations will be spread out from between 40 to 60 miles apart and will stretch from the U.S.-Canadian border in the north to the Washington-Oregon border in the south.

Tonia Buell with Washington State's transportation department told the radio station the electric charging stations will primarily be located in private locations right off the highway, such as shopping centers. Electric vehicles can charge up in 30 minutes. She added the effort is part of a larger plan to have electric charging stations span the entire length of I-5, which stretches throughout Washington, Oregon and California from the U.S-Canadian border to the U.S.-Mexican border.

According to the radio station, adding electric charging stations is also part of a government effort to reduce consumers' reliance on fossil fuels. I-5 has already been dubbed the "hydrogen highway."